Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Opening Sentence of the Day: The Fire



"Solarin gripped his little daughter's mittened hand firmly in his own."

-- The Fire by Katherine Neville

 Neville wrote the precursor to this book, The Eight, in 1988. I haven't read that one, but this is supposed to be OK as a stand alone. It is also being heralded as the next Da Vinci Code, which gives me mixed feelings.

4 comments :

Melissa said...

I've read both and I'd probably skip reading this and read The Eight.

J.G. said...

Was the Da Vinci Code comparison supposed to be a compliment? :-)

Biblibio said...

That's actually a fairly awkward first sentence. Or is it just me? Something about it feels a little off...

Rose City Reader said...

Melissa -- I think I would have enjoyed The Eight better, but now that I read this, I don't want to try.

J.G. -- That's why I had mixed feelings. Now that I've finished this one, I'd say it compares poorly to Da Vinci Code. At least that one is exciting. Silly fluff. But exciting fluff.

Biblio -- The writing doesn't get any better. It isn't horrible. But it never rises above serviceable.

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